7 Uses for Storage Containers

7 Uses for Storage Containers

Following are 7 storage container uses as well as why Portables 360 has your solution for storage!  At some point, every business discovers that they need storage space. Their business is expanding.  They need to increase inventory and need space to store equipment when it is not in use. Whatever the reason, businesses always need a storage area.

So what is the solution? Do you move your business to a new location? Construct a new building or add on to your location? Pay to have offsite storage space? Portables 360 recommends converting a portable shipping container into your new storage space.

Shipping containers provide the following benefits:

  • 320 square feet of secured storage space
  • Easy to customize for your needs
  • Quick solution for storage space – no long waits for construction
  • Very affordable

Storage container use has increased significantly in the last few years.  More people are seeking ways to repurpose storage containers. Portables 360 outlines seven creative storage container uses that may help your company.

Popular Uses for Storage Containers

1. Mobile Repair Shop

Equipment breaks.  This is a fact for any construction company. Create a mobile repair and welding shop for your construction sites.  Added benefit:  it’s portable!   Easily have on-site repairs. Your storage container will have 220v power capabilities and a generator hook-up.

2. Landscape Company Storage and Office Space

One of our most popular storage container uses is for landscaping companies. Partition your storage container to create a place to store equipment.  In addition, have a nice office space.

3. Compartmentalized Storage

Make up to four compartments in a 20-foot storage container. Each of these compartments has its own access door. This allows businesses to distinguish what is stored in the container as well as who has access.

4. Dry Goods Storage – Climate Controlled

Canned goods and dry goods should be stored at a temperature between 50 and 70 degrees. This temperature setting helps extend the shelf life of your products. You can have your container customized for temperature control and special shelving installed for the ultimate storage area.

5. Climate Controlled Garage Area

Another popular storage container use is creating a climate-controlled garage area for specialty vehicles. Many racing teams find that these containers are perfect for storing and working on their vehicles.

6. Business Records Storage

Several businesses are required to keep records on-site instead of sending them to storage. Create a spacious and organized area for keeping your records on-site without having to take up valuable space in your office.  In addition, save money!

7. School Sports Equipment

Schools often find that they have limited space when it comes to storing sports equipment. Storing equipment off-season or storing other necessary items in a storage container is a cost-effective way to free up space in the school buildings while retaining quick access.

If you need additional storage space, Portables 360 has the solution. Contact one of our knowledgeable staff members to discover how we can customize a shipping container for your needs.

 

Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Easy Access Side Doors for Shipping Containers

Side doors make for easy access to shipping containers.  When you decide on custom features to have installed in your shipping container, one of the most popular features to consider are side doors. Shipping containers have a single entrance door at the end of the container that is perfect for moving large equipment or boxes in and out of, but a side door will make it much easier for foot traffic to enter and leave the container.

Side Doors Are Available In A Variety of Styles

Having a side entrance to your shipping container is an added convenience for you and your business. Keep the large cargo doors secured at all times.  Only open them when you need to move large equipment or boxes. This helps enhance security. Then, you and your employees access the interior via the side door which easily opens and closes for security.

Choose from the following styles of shipping container side doors based on your company needs:

Single Door – This is perfect for entering and exiting the container when just one or two people are using the container at a time.

Double Door – If you have a lot of foot traffic in and out of the container, such as an office setting, you may want to place double doors on the side to use as an entrance and exit. This helps improve flow and prevent accidents from happening.

Doors with Windows. This preference is a great option for natural lighting.  Use of a window helps anyone working inside have visual contact with who is entering the container.

Roll Up Doors. These doors have practical use on the side of a container when you move a lot of smaller equipment and boxes in and out of the container and don’t want the hindrance of opening and closing a regular sized door.

Shipping Container Side Doors Improve Workflow and Reduce Stress

It may not seem like a “big deal” at first, the thought of entering and exiting the container through the original cargo doors. But it does not take long to discover that it can get stressful and tiring continually opening and closing these heavy doors every time you need access to the container. This is especially true if you are only going in for one or two small things.

The cargo doors were originally designed to be heavy to remain secure while traveling long distances by ship and train. While this is very beneficial to people who use repurposed shipping containers, it also can become a burden. This is why Portables 360 encourages all of its clients to consider a type of side door for their custom shipping container if people will be entering and exiting the unit throughout the day.

 

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

When you look at any construction site, you see job trailers sitting around the perimeter. These trailers are mainly used as office space for the construction crews working at the site. They are also used as a lunch area or restroom area for the workers.

Some companies rent these trailers at the job site because of convenience.  Others rent them because their own trailer has not been able to withstand the stress of moving from job site to job site. Still other companies find that they have to make significant repairs to their office space or replace the office trailer frequently.  This is due to the wear and tear that comes with moving these fragile units.

Custom Storage Guide

The following guide outlines different options for storage.  This details your best options for custom storage at your business.

Mobile Homes Converted To Office Space

Many construction companies use a mobile home converted to office space as their construction site office. These units are chosen because they are portable.  Additionally, they contain features like electrical and plumbing hook-ups.  They also have easy access doors, windows, and air conditioning units.

Storage trailers are meant to withstand fluctuating temperatures.  They are designed to be portable. While trailers have been designed to be moved, they are better staying in one place. Each time a trailer is moved, it loses some of its structural integrity. Many construction companies have to replace these trailers frequently.  They cannot withstand the rigors of moving from site to site too often.

Custom Storage Containers as Construction Offices

Converting shipping containers into construction office space is becoming increasingly popular. Custom storage containers offer construction companies many benefits over using a standard house trailer. Some of the benefits that these trailers provide include:

  • Total customization to fit the needs of your company
  • Durability
  • Weather-resistant
  • Expanded life
  • Easy to move

You can customize a shipping container in any way. You can add electricity and plumbing, special doors, heat and air conditioning.  Also, trailers are able to be sectioned into different offices. You can use a 20 or 40-foot trailer so that you always have enough room to conduct business at the site.

Shipping containers are designed to withstand all types of weather conditions.  Their steel construction provides more stability when moving the unit. Since the offices were originally a shipping container, it is easy to move them via a truck.  It is often less expensive than moving a house trailer.

In conclusion, modified shipping containers have a much longer life span than a house trailer converted to an office. You can expect to use this trailer for at least 20 years before any upgrades are necessary for use.

For answers to your questions on how a modified shipping container will be your next construction site office, contact Portables 360.  Discover everything we have to offer.

 

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Best Portable Cold Storage Solution for Business

Finding a portable cold storage solution for your business doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Consider the following 3 easy steps to make your decision to make the process simple and straightforward.

  1. What does your business requirements for cold storage?
  2. Understand all your options.
  3. Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

What does your business require in a portable cold storage solution?

Cold Storage or Standard Storage Solution

First, it’s essential to comprehend what a portable cold storage container or standard storage container implies. Like a prefab office building, these containers provide easy, affordable, and mobile business or home storage solutions. Refrigerated containers, also known as reefers, supply customers with alternative and cost-conscious options for consistent temperature-controlled spaces. If your business doesn’t require cold storage, for instance, there are standard containers available. Do your needs specify custom options like lighting, shelving, a rollup door, or electrical outlets?

Size Requirements

Size is another consideration for your business needs. How big do you require your container to be?  What’s the size of space allotted for your container? Portables 360 has 20′, 40′, and custom containers to literally fit your business needs.

Location

Figuring out your storage container’s location is vital.  It assists with size requirements.  More importantly, it helps you decide if your business requires a more customized container option. On-site designers and fabricators possess the ability to customize your reefer trailer or standard container professionally.

Consider Your Business’s Future Locations

Many business owners use cold storage solutions to ease transport.  Therefore, relocating your storage container is a snap. Let Portables 360 know if you plan to relocate in the future.  We will come up with the best cold storage solution for your needs.

Understand all your options.

Do you want to buy or rent?  Is it best for your business to purchase new or used? Materials are another consideration. Does your business require a single large container with multiple units inside?  This is similar to  a prefab office building. You do not need to be a business owner to enjoy a portable storage container. Homeowners find they double as a great garage, tool shed, or hobby area!  Versatility is key here!

Schedule a consultation with the manufacturer.

Speak with one of our Customer Care specialists to find out your options.  Create your shipping container solution today.  Our dedicated and knowledgeable team is committed to providing you fast service. We are located in Weston, Connecticut.  Our service area is Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York.

Your Guide to Custom Storage Containers

Your Guide to Custom Storage Containers

This guide to storage containers will save you money!  You benefit with a shipping container for storage.  Consider a 40-foot container to store seasonal equipment.  Forty feet!   Do you need multiple customized units to store your grocery chain’s food products? Whatever the reason you need extra storage space, shipping containers are perfect!   The following will help.

Guide to Custom Storage Containers

What Are You Storing? 

While planning your custom storage containers, the first question is what will be stored?  Next, will you need temperature control? Will you need lighting and shelving units? Will you need special doors or fixtures to accommodate your goods? 

These questions are essential to creating the right type of storage unit for your business. Portables360 can convert your container with air conditioning and temperature control. Also, you can customize interiors or add ventilation to your units based on your requirements. 

What Size Do You Need? 

Portables360 carries several different sizes of shipping containers that easily convert for storage. Our most common containers are 20 or 40 feet long. When your business needs maximum interior space, we recommend the larger containers. When you need more space than a 40-foot container can provide, we create multi-unit storage units. 

Modifications 

Do you need special modifications for your container?  For instance, side entrance, cargo doors, special cooling systems, and electric and plumbing systems are modifications easily added to your container. 

We also place your container on a chassis to make it portable.  In addition, adjustments make it high enough to use near your shipping docks or with larger trucks unloading to the container. 

Shelving and Storage Organization 

We help you design shelving and storage space within your container to get maximum space.  Portables 360 has extensive experience in customizing shipping containers ensuring no space is wasted. Finally, we customize your shelving and storage space to accommodate any special sizes you require. 

Flooring and Walls 

The choices you make for the interior of your container is crucial to its functionality.  Selecting the right type of insulation and wall coverings is vital.  The right type of flooring helps you get the most use from your container. 

Things you should consider include temperature control factors as well as how you clean the unit. If your storage goods require you to sweep the floor, regular wood flooring is perfect. However, if you need to hose out the unit frequently, metallic walls and epoxy covered flooring are your best choice. 

Talk To An Expert 

Get the most from custom storage containers.  Have a unit customized to your needs. To begin, speak with a representative from Portables 360 to design the ultimate storage container space. 

Advantages of Converted Shipping Containers

Advantages of Converted Shipping Containers

Business leaders hear about companies converting shipping containers into usable space. They see completed projects. However, are business leaders aware of how beneficial converted shipping containers are?  Below we outline several advantages.

Advantages of Converted Shipping Containers

Companies that need extra space find converting shipping containers gives them the following benefits: 

  1. Green Construction. Converting a used shipping container into a new usable space is called green construction. Your building helps reduce impact on the environment.  It minimizes the need for new materials.
  2. Budget Friendly. Converted shipping containers are the most economical way to expand space for your company. Shipping containers have a life span of at least 25 years.  Containers will last longer than a mobile trailer office or a temporary structure. Repurposed shipping containers are a quarter of the price you will pay for building a structure from scratch.
  3. Easy to Expand Current Space. If your business is already established in a preferred location, then moving will not be beneficial. Building a permanent structure to add space will not be financially feasible.  Also, what do local building codes allow?  Using a converted shipping container gives you extra space for your business in a solid structure.  The expense is minimal.
  4. Different Sizes Available. Shipping containers come in 10, 20, and 40-foot sizes. Repurposing a container will meet your exact needs. When you need space for two different things, such as dry storage or cold storage, invest in two smaller trailers and have them positioned in one area.
  5. Portability. Shipping container structures are easily relocated. This is perfect for construction sites. Moving converted shipping containers is cost-effective and easy to complete. It is much easier than moving mobile home office structures.  Plus, the sturdy structure protects the interiors during the move.

There are many additional reasons that converting a shipping container into a workable space for your company is beneficial. In addition to cost savings, portability, and size, shipping containers offer a secure area for your business.  Your business is secure in a custom shipping container.

Shipping containers are airtight structures.  They are easy to secure.  In addition, they provide exceptional weather resistant properties. Your goods are protected from the weather as well as any unwanted guests. 

Call us for more information on how repurposing a shipping container benefits your business.

Containers Outperform Trailers as Mobile Offices

Containers Outperform Trailers as Mobile Offices

You need functional office space.  You also need flexibility.  There is a new game in town because shipping containers are perfect mobile offices.  

Such contexts use conventional travel trailers.  However, they are also outdated when sitting beside modern structures.  Therefore, customers in office and residential industries use shipping containers as mobile leasing offices. The results are impressive!. 

Mobile Container Office Style

Portables 360 offers container buildings featuring full climate control and impressive interiors.  In addition, they have bathroom facilities, windows, and doors. Clients easily customize the exterior of the container with branded decals and design elements.  Business images present attractively and effectively.  Shipping containers transform into modern, visibly appealing spaces.  Business needs are met.  Customers are impressed. 

Portable container offices make sense in many environments.  These include retirement communities as well as apartment complexes.  In addition, condominium sites, single-family subdivisions, and vacation resort projects benefit.  

The Ultimate in Container Mobile Office Flexibility 

Sales offices from shipping containers are placed directly on the ground.  Ramps and stairs are not needed.   As such, they are perfect for situations in which building speed is critical. Your company saves money because of how easily a container is set up.  The requirements are manageable.  You must have flat, dry land.  A forklift places the container.  Lastly, an electrician connects the power.  Your container office is ready to go!

Container mobile offices are the valued feature on your site.  Oftentimes, the decision is to make it a permanent fixture.  Plus, the structure serves other needs.  For example, a meeting space for residents, a community technology lab, etc. The possibilities are endless. 

When your business wants to explore the option of a container mobile office, get in touch with us by calling (844) 767-8360. 

Shipping Container Community Center Lifts Neighborhood

Shipping Container Community Center Lifts Neighborhood

The neighborhood is Ashland, Kentucky.  To begin, the city is showing signs of deterioration.  Crime rate is increasing. There is no real outlet for children to have a safe place to be.  Finally, community leaders need to gather.  There is a practical solution.  For instance, a shipping container community center!

A city roundtable is held.  It is determined that Ashland needs a Community Center. They need a place where a mini-police station will be housed.  They need a place where there will be a public space for the community to enjoy.  One of the main goals is having free Wi-Fi available for families and children. This is a place where everyone benefits from the resources.

A limited budget will not stop Ashland.  Their odd-shaped property will work perfectly to build their new Community Center. In addition, the city wants to keep the Center mobile. It is possible they will obtain a larger space in the future.  Finally, this will allow them to easily move the Community Center. 

The city chooses not to use a standard mobile home. While such homes are good for short-term projects, they often do not offer enhanced security and stability. So city officials decide to repurpose a shipping container into a new community center. 

The New Community Center Is THE Pride of Ashland 

After speaking with design experts about the shipping container structure, the city decides on three containers. One of the containers is a high-boy container that is higher than the other two. Because this is the middle container, it gives the Center a nice architectural style. 

The containers are divided into a police sub-station, a mini library area, a public restroom area, a foyer, and a small kitchen area. The exterior is painted bright blue to catch the neighborhood’s attentio.  Finally, a beautiful playground area was built outside. 

The Community Center is an absolute success! The neighborhood is flourishing with the resources that the Center provides. The city will stay within their budget.  They have a low-maintenance structure for the community to enjoy. 

Benefits of Creating with Shipping Containers

There are many benefits when repurposing shipping containers. Cost is minimal.  Portability is easily achieved.  This increases the flexibility of usage.  Design options are limitless.  Add-on features are extensive.  Security is top-notch.  When considering building for community or business, consider a shipping container!

This is just one of the stories Portables 360 loves to share. We welcome the opportunity to design your next project!

Shipping Container Foundations

Shipping Container Foundations

The most common question we are asked at Portables 360 is if a shipping container needs a concrete foundation before being put into place. In most cases, no. However, some situations may be more beneficial to have a slab poured before placing the container in place. 

Consider the following for your container foundation:

Your Soil Type 

In areas of the country, there is a higher concentration of clay in the soil. In these areas it is beneficial to have a gravel bed under the container.  Next, a foundation slab of concrete is poured.  Do these before placing your container on the ground.  This is very important for clay soil.  For instance, clay can shift with time.  You don’t want the container to sink in places and begin to sit unevenly. 

Long-Term Placement 

When a container stays in one spot for over a month, it will be best to have a gravel bed or concrete slab placed under the unit. This will keep the earth from shifting or from excessive moisture touching the bottom of the container. 

Multi-Container Units 

Shipping container foundations are necessary for all multi-container structures. You want to make sure that these structures are on solid, even ground to protect the building’s overall structural integrity. 

Graded Bare Earth Placement 

In most cases, it is fine to put the container straight on the ground if the area does not have a grade of over 2 percent. Since most of these containers move frequently, having it on the bare ground does not impact the container. Additionally, if you are in an area where the ground is very solid, placing the container on the ground will be very similar to placing it on a concrete slab. 

The Most Important Thing to Remember 

Whether you place your container on the ground, on a gravel pad, or a concrete slab, the most important factor is to keep the container even. Shipping container foundations are meant to keep the container flat so that everything inside the structure can function properly.  

If you have any questions about the area you want to place your shipping container, speak with one of the knowledgeable staff members at Portables 360. They will help you decide if you need to create a pad for your container to sit on or if it can be placed on the ground. 

Shipping Container for Dry Storage

Shipping Container for Dry Storage

Portables 360 has the answer to your dry storage needs.  Grocery stores, food pantries, and restaurants benefit when using converted shipping containers for dry storage needs. Portable containers are designed to withstand wind, water, and other extreme weather conditions.  In addition, they seal to be airtight. Plus, containers provide the perfect solution for extra storage space for your dry goods.

Benefits of the Dry Storage Shipping Container 

  1. Shipping containers are easily converted into organized storage areas. The ability to add lighting, shelving, or cabinets to these structures improves their function.  Organizing your stock has never been easier!  Your items are easy to manage for inventory.  Plus, it is simple to rotate and keep items fresh. 
  2. Dry storage shipping containers have HVAC systems.   You control the temperature of your items. The optimal temp for dry goods is 50 to 70 degrees. In areas where the temperature fluctuates, just turn on your HVAC system to manage the temperature. Shipping containers for storage are insulated using different insulation methods to help regulate interior temperatures without creating high electric bills. 
  3. Portability. Place one of these shipping containers anywhere that is convenient on your property. Set it in the back for stock storage or at the front of your property to hold curbside service products. Shipping containers are very portable.  Their ability to move enhances your business options. 
  4. Containers seal tight. A requirement for a shipping container to be certified for use is that it seals tight. Water and pests will not enter the container.  Thus, the air is controlled and prevented from escaping. Storage containers retain these qualities when converted for dry storage use.
  5. Affordability.  Customizing a shipping container for your storage solution is practical and affordable.  The stability of a converted container saves your business money.  Additionally, storage containers save you time.

Contact Portables 360 for Your Dry Storage Container

Shipping containers are available in 10, 20, and 40-foot lengths. With several options, modifying a container to meet your specific needs is practical.  Choose the size that gives you the perfect amount of space. Allow extra space for your growing business.  Converting containers for dry storage is an affordable solution for added storage.  By creating more storage space, a new building is not needed.  We help you plan your next project.